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Halloween Just Got a Little Greener
By Two Girls Go Green | October 23, 2012
This year, I’m on a mission to make my (and your) Halloween a little bit greener – both environmentally and financially.
Boo! Haha, I scared ya didn’t I? Ok, well, maybe not… Boo! That time? Still no. Well then, I’ll move on.
If you can’t tell, Halloween is a holiday I truly enjoy. (Well, I enjoy all of it except for the scary parts… like the ridiculous Saw movies. Not a fan of those.) I love handing out candy, eating leftover candy, dressing up in fabulous costumes, and everything else that goes along with that fantastic evening.
I got to thinking the other day, however, that in the past my Halloweens have not been that green. Well, that’s all about to change. This year, I’m on a mission to make my (and your) Halloween a little bit greener – both environmentally and financially.
Being the resourceful person that I am, I decided to pose a question to my Facebook and Twitter friends: How do you green your Halloween? I got some great responses, and I’ve decided to be nice and share them with you, along with my own thoughts.
1. Don’t buy a new costume. Instead, hold a costume swap with your neighborhood.
2. Done trick or treating? Donate your old costumes to a haunted house. (Ken)
3. Make your own costume using recycled materials. (Kevin)
4. Eat the whole pumpkin and the seeds. They’re delicious baked with a little salt. (Jeff)
5. Keep your old candy baskets, etc. You can use them again the next year.
6. Throw out the scary movies (that require a TV and use electricity) and have a night of good old fashioned fun. Bob for apples and eat donuts from a string.
7. Bust out the candles and turn out the lights. That glowing jack-o-lantern will provide all the light you need.
8. Skip the toilet papering of your neighbor’s house. It’s wasteful and not nice.
9. Buy candy from your local farmer’s market or candy maker.
10. Walk with your kids as they trick or treat. Don’t follow in an idling car.
Let’s keep this list growing. What can you add?
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